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Paying Tribute to Our Veterans and Fallen Heroes: For nearly 70 years, Washington, DC was without a parade on our Armed Services' most sacred day. In 2005, the AVC brought the tradition of a Memorial Day parade back to our nation's capital. The National Memorial Day Parade attracts nearly 300,000 spectators with millions watching on TV around the nation. It's a testament to America's desire to recognize the service and sacrifice of our service members. The parade serves two vital civic purposes: It allows the general public to honor our service members as well as pay tribute to veterans of the American Revolution to the present. Active duty military troops, veterans, and reenactors showcase the sacrifice of all our veterans in an exciting procession of American history the whole family can enjoy. Learn more.
The American Veterans Center was founded in 1996 and is a project of the American Studies Center, a 501 C(3) educational foundation, chartered in 1978. The American Veterans Center grew out of World War II Chronicles, a weekly radio series co-produced by Radio America and the National Archives. The American Veterans Center's mission is to preserve and promote the legacy of America's servicemen and women from World War II through today's military.